Why are we not surprised that Carly Fiorina’s fans have the best grammar, spelling and punctuation among the Republican presidential candidates and Donald Trump’s have the worst?Follow over the jump for a graphic from USA Today showing these findings.
That’s based on an analysis from Grammarly, an automated proofreading company, which evaluated the supporters of the GOP candidates. Fiorina’s fans had 6.3 errors per hundred words in their Facebook comments, while Trump’s backers had 12.6 errors per 100 words. Only comments of 15 words or more were analyzed, and Grammarly ignored common slang words and stylistic variations (for instance, the use of serial commas, using numerals instead of spelling out numbers, using contractions). In total, roughly 9,000 words were evaluated for each candidate.
In ascending order of misteaks . . . er, mistakes per 100 words, Ben Carson’s supporters were second with 6.6, Lindsay Graham and George Pataki with 7.2 each, Ted Cruz 7.7, John Kasich 7.7, Jeb Bush 7.9, Mike Huckabee 8.0, Bobby Jindal 8.2, Chris Christie 8.3, Rand Paul 8.4, Marco Rubio 8.8, Scott Walker 10.6, Ric Santorum 11.5, and Rick Perry second-to-last with 12.5.
Now, the infographic from Trump fans show worst Facebook grammar; Fiorina fans shine.
These are a good proxy for the intelligence of the candidates or at least of their positions (Trump may appeal to uneducated people, but he himself is not stupid). Ben Carson may come off as a bit spacey, but the man is a neurosurgeon with an M.D. from the University of Michigan. I'm not going to diss a fellow alumnus of my graduate alma mater! So I should not be surprised that he has the second smartest followers. On the other hand, Governor Goodhair is notoriously dumb, so it follows his supporters are, too. Can you say oops?